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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28085885/inhibition-of-a-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-diap1-pathway-by-pgrp-lf-is-required-for-proper-apoptosis-during-drosophila-development
#1
Raphael Tavignot, Delphine Chaduli, Fatoumata Djitte, Bernard Charroux, Julien Royet
NF-κB pathways are key signaling cascades of the Drosophila innate immune response. One of them, the Immune Deficiency (IMD) pathway, is under a very tight negative control. Although molecular brakes exist at each step of this signaling module from ligand availability to transcriptional regulation, it remains unknown whether repressors act in the same cells or tissues and if not, what is rationale behind this spatial specificity. We show here that the negative regulator of IMD pathway PGRP-LF is epressed in ectodermal derivatives...
January 13, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28085879/acylation-of-the-type-3-secretion-system-translocon-using-a-dedicated-acyl-carrier-protein
#2
Julie P M Viala, Valérie Prima, Rémy Puppo, Rym Agrebi, Mickaël J Canestrari, Sabrina Lignon, Nicolas Chauvin, Stéphane Méresse, Tâm Mignot, Régine Lebrun, Emmanuelle Bouveret
Bacterial pathogens often deliver effectors into host cells using type 3 secretion systems (T3SS) the extremity of which forms a translocon that perforates the host plasma membrane. The T3SS encoded by Salmonella pathogenicity island 1 (SPI-1) is genetically associated with an acyl carrier protein, IacP, whose role has remained enigmatic. In this study, using tandem affinity purification, we identify a direct protein-protein interaction between IacP and the translocon protein SipB. We show, by mass spectrometry and radiolabelling, that SipB is acylated, which provides evidence for a modification of the translocon that has not been described before...
January 13, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072818/glucose-abl1-tor-signaling-modulates-cell-cycle-tuning-to-control-terminal-appressorial-cell-differentiation
#3
Margarita Marroquin-Guzman, Guangchao Sun, Richard A Wilson
The conserved target of rapamycin (TOR) pathway integrates growth and development with available nutrients, but how cellular glucose controls TOR function and signaling is poorly understood. Here, we provide functional evidence from the devastating rice blast fungus Magnaporthe oryzae that glucose can mediate TOR activity via the product of a novel carbon-responsive gene, ABL1, in order to tune cell cycle progression during infection-related development. Under nutrient-free conditions, wild type (WT) M. oryzae strains form terminal plant-infecting cells (appressoria) at the tips of germ tubes emerging from three-celled spores (conidia)...
January 10, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068346/mutation-accumulation-in-an-asexual-relative-of-arabidopsis
#4
John T Lovell, Robert J Williamson, Stephen I Wright, John K McKay, Timothy F Sharbel
Asexual populations experience weaker responses to natural selection, which causes deleterious mutations to accumulate over time. Additionally, stochastic loss of individuals free of deleterious mutations can lead to an irreversible increase in mutational load in asexuals (the "click" in Muller's Ratchet). Here we report on the genomic divergence and distribution of mutations across eight sympatric pairs of sexual and apomictic (asexual) Boechera (Brassicaceae) genotypes. We show that apomicts harbor a greater number of derived mutations than sympatric sexual genotypes...
January 9, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068334/two-paralogous-tetraspanins-tsp-12-and-tsp-14-function-with-the-adam10-metalloprotease-sup-17-to-promote-bmp-signaling-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
#5
Lin Wang, Zhiyu Liu, Herong Shi, Jun Liu
The highly conserved bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) signaling pathway regulates many developmental and homeostatic processes. While the core components of the BMP pathway have been well studied, much research is needed for understanding the mechanisms involved in the precise spatiotemporal control of BMP signaling in vivo. Here, we provide evidence that two paralogous and evolutionarily conserved tetraspanins, TSP-12 and TSP-14, function redundantly to promote BMP signaling in C. elegans. We further show that the ADAM10 (a disintegrin and metalloprotease 10) ortholog SUP-17 also functions to promote BMP signaling, and that TSP-12 can bind to and promote the cell surface localization of SUP-17...
January 9, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068333/bdf1-bromodomains-are-essential-for-meiosis-and-the-expression-of-meiotic-specific-genes
#6
Encar García-Oliver, Claire Ramus, Jonathan Perot, Marie Arlotto, Morgane Champleboux, Flore Mietton, Christophe Battail, Anne Boland, Jean-François Deleuze, Myriam Ferro, Yohann Couté, Jérôme Govin
Bromodomain and Extra-terminal motif (BET) proteins play a central role in transcription regulation and chromatin signalling pathways. They are present in unicellular eukaryotes and in this study, the role of the BET protein Bdf1 has been explored in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Mutation of Bdf1 bromodomains revealed defects on both the formation of spores and the meiotic progression, blocking cells at the exit from prophase, before the first meiotic division. This phenotype is associated with a massive deregulation of the transcription of meiotic genes and Bdf1 bromodomains are required for appropriate expression of the key meiotic transcription factor NDT80 and almost all the Ndt80-inducible genes, including APC complex components...
January 9, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060933/an-arabidopsis-natural-epiallele-maintained-by-a-feed-forward-silencing-loop-between-histone-and-dna
#7
Astrid Agorio, Stéphanie Durand, Elisa Fiume, Cécile Brousse, Isabelle Gy, Matthieu Simon, Sarit Anava, Oded Rechavi, Olivier Loudet, Christine Camilleri, Nicolas Bouché
The extent of epigenetic variation is currently well documented, but the number of natural epialleles described so far remains very limited. Determining the relevance of epigenetic changes for natural variation is an important question of research that we investigate by isolating natural epialleles segregating in Arabidopsis recombinant populations. We previously described a genetic incompatibility among Arabidopsis strains based on the silencing of a gene involved in fitness. Here, we isolated a new epiallele resulting from the silencing of a transfer-RNA editing gene in an Arabidopsis accession from the Netherlands (Nok-1)...
January 6, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060841/genomes-of-fasciola-hepatica-from-the-americas-reveal-colonization-with-neorickettsia-endobacteria-related-to-the-agents-of-potomac-horse-and-human-sennetsu-fevers
#8
Samantha N McNulty, Jose F Tort, Gabriel Rinaldi, Kerstin Fischer, Bruce A Rosa, Pablo Smircich, Santiago Fontenla, Young-Jun Choi, Rahul Tyagi, Kymberlie Hallsworth-Pepin, Victoria H Mann, Lakshmi Kammili, Patricia S Latham, Nicolas Dell'Oca, Fernanda Dominguez, Carlos Carmona, Peter U Fischer, Paul J Brindley, Makedonka Mitreva
Food borne trematodes (FBTs) are an assemblage of platyhelminth parasites transmitted through the food chain, four of which are recognized as neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). Fascioliasis stands out among the other NTDs due to its broad and significant impact on both human and animal health, as Fasciola sp., are also considered major pathogens of domestic ruminants. Here we present a reference genome sequence of the common liver fluke, Fasciola hepatica isolated from sheep, complementing previously reported isolate from cattle...
January 6, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056084/sbds-deficient-cells-have-an-altered-homeostatic-equilibrium-due-to-translational-inefficiency-which-explains-their-reduced-fitness-and-provides-a-logical-framework-for-intervention
#9
Piera Calamita, Annarita Miluzio, Arianna Russo, Elisa Pesce, Sara Ricciardi, Farhat Khanim, Cristina Cheroni, Roberta Alfieri, Marilena Mancino, Chiara Gorrini, Grazisa Rossetti, Ivana Peluso, Massimiliano Pagani, Diego L Medina, Johanna Rommens, Stefano Biffo
Ribosomopathies are a family of inherited disorders caused by mutations in genes necessary for ribosomal function. Shwachman-Diamond Bodian Syndrome (SDS) is an autosomal recessive disease caused, in most patients, by mutations of the SBDS gene. SBDS is a protein required for the maturation of 60S ribosomes. SDS patients present exocrine pancreatic insufficiency, neutropenia, chronic infections, and skeletal abnormalities. Later in life, patients are prone to myelodisplastic syndrome and acute myeloid leukemia (AML)...
January 5, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056034/btb-back-domain-protein-pob1-suppresses-immune-cell-death-by-targeting-ubiquitin-e3-ligase-pub17-for-degradation
#10
Beatriz Orosa, Qin He, Joelle Mesmar, Eleanor M Gilroy, Hazel McLellan, Chengwei Yang, Adam Craig, Mark Bailey, Cunjin Zhang, Jonathan David Moore, Petra C Boevink, Zhendong Tian, Paul R J Birch, Ari Sadanandom
Hypersensitive response programmed cell death (HR-PCD) is a critical feature in plant immunity required for pathogen restriction and prevention of disease development. The precise control of this process is paramount to cell survival and an effective immune response. The discovery of new components that function to suppress HR-PCD will be instrumental in understanding the regulation of this fundamental mechanism. Here we report the identification and characterisation of a BTB domain E3 ligase protein, POB1, that functions to suppress HR-PCD triggered by evolutionarily diverse pathogens...
January 5, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045896/a-signature-of-genomic-instability-resulting-from-deficient-replication-licensing
#11
Steven C Pruitt, Maochun Qin, Jianmin Wang, Dimiter Kunnev, Amy Freeland
Insufficient licensing of DNA replication origins has been shown to result in genome instability, stem cell deficiency, and cancers. However, it is unclear whether the DNA damage resulting from deficient replication licensing occurs generally or if specific sites are preferentially affected. To map locations of ongoing DNA damage in vivo, the DNAs present in red blood cell micronuclei were sequenced. Many micronuclei are the product of DNA breaks that leave acentromeric remnants that failed to segregate during mitosis and should reflect the locations of breaks...
January 3, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045893/a-hidden-markov-model-approach-for-simultaneously-estimating-local-ancestry-and-admixture-time-using-next-generation-sequence-data-in-samples-of-arbitrary-ploidy
#12
Russell Corbett-Detig, Rasmus Nielsen
Admixture-the mixing of genomes from divergent populations-is increasingly appreciated as a central process in evolution. To characterize and quantify patterns of admixture across the genome, a number of methods have been developed for local ancestry inference. However, existing approaches have a number of shortcomings. First, all local ancestry inference methods require some prior assumption about the expected ancestry tract lengths. Second, existing methods generally require genotypes, which is not feasible to obtain for many next-generation sequencing projects...
January 3, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081210/mutations-in-hyal2-encoding-hyaluronidase-2-cause-a-syndrome-of-orofacial-clefting-and-cor-triatriatum-sinister-in-humans-and-mice
#13
Martina M A Muggenthaler, Biswajit Chowdhury, S Naimul Hasan, Harold E Cross, Brian Mark, Gaurav V Harlalka, Michael A Patton, Miho Ishida, Elijah R Behr, Sanjay Sharma, Kenneth Zahka, Eissa Faqeih, Brian Blakley, Mike Jackson, Melissa Lees, Vernon Dolinsky, Leroy Cross, Philip Stanier, Claire Salter, Emma L Baple, Fowzan S Alkuraya, Andrew H Crosby, Barbara Triggs-Raine, Barry A Chioza
Orofacial clefting is amongst the most common of birth defects, with both genetic and environmental components. Although numerous studies have been undertaken to investigate the complexities of the genetic etiology of this heterogeneous condition, this factor remains incompletely understood. Here, we describe mutations in the HYAL2 gene as a cause of syndromic orofacial clefting. HYAL2, encoding hyaluronidase 2, degrades extracellular hyaluronan, a critical component of the developing heart and palatal shelf matrix...
January 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081137/anillin-phosphorylation-controls-timely-membrane-association-and-successful-cytokinesis
#14
Hyunjung Kim, James M Johnson, Robert F Lera, Sarang Brahma, Mark E Burkard
During cytokinesis, a contractile ring generates the constricting force to divide a cell into two daughters. This ring is composed of filamentous actin and the motor protein myosin, along with additional structural and regulatory proteins, including anillin. Anillin is a required scaffold protein that links the actomyosin ring to membrane and its organizer, RhoA. However, the molecular basis for timely action of anillin at cytokinesis remains obscure. Here, we find that phosphorylation regulates efficient recruitment of human anillin to the equatorial membrane...
January 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081132/the-janus-faced-nature-of-mir-22-in-hematopoiesis-is-it-an-oncogenic-tumor-suppressor-or-rather-a-tumor-suppressive-oncogene
#15
Alexander Arthur Wurm, Daniel G Tenen, Gerhard Behre
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076349/mechanical-control-of-whole-body-shape-by-a-single-cuticular-protein-obstructor-e-in-drosophila-melanogaster
#16
Reiko Tajiri, Nobuhiro Ogawa, Haruhiko Fujiwara, Tetsuya Kojima
Body shapes are much more variable than body plans. One way to alter body shapes independently of body plans would be to mechanically deform bodies. To what extent body shapes are regulated physically, or molecules involved in physical control of morphogenesis, remain elusive. During fly metamorphosis, the cuticle (exoskeleton) covering the larval body contracts longitudinally and expands laterally to become the ellipsoidal pupal case (puparium). Here we show that Drosophila melanogaster Obstructor-E (Obst-E) is a protein constituent of the larval cuticle that confers the oriented contractility/expandability...
January 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076348/reverse-pathway-genetic-approach-identifies-epistasis-in-autism-spectrum-disorders
#17
Ileena Mitra, Alinoë Lavillaureix, Erika Yeh, Michela Traglia, Kathryn Tsang, Carrie E Bearden, Katherine A Rauen, Lauren A Weiss
Although gene-gene interaction, or epistasis, plays a large role in complex traits in model organisms, genome-wide by genome-wide searches for two-way interaction have limited power in human studies. We thus used knowledge of a biological pathway in order to identify a contribution of epistasis to autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) in humans, a reverse-pathway genetic approach. Based on previous observation of increased ASD symptoms in Mendelian disorders of the Ras/MAPK pathway (RASopathies), we showed that common SNPs in RASopathy genes show enrichment for association signal in GWAS (P = 0...
January 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072828/ggpp-mediated-protein-geranylgeranylation-in-oocyte-is-essential-for-the-establishment-of-oocyte-granulosa-cell-communication-and-primary-secondary-follicle-transition-in-mouse-ovary
#18
Chen Jiang, Fan Diao, Yong-Juan Sang, Na Xu, Rui-Lou Zhu, Xiu-Xing Wang, Zhong Chen, Wei-Wei Tao, Bing Yao, Hai-Xiang Sun, Xing-Xu Huang, Bin Xue, Chao-Jun Li
Folliculogenesis is a progressive and highly regulated process, which is essential to provide ova for later reproductive life, requires the bidirectional communication between the oocyte and granulosa cells. This physical connection-mediated communication conveys not only the signals from the oocyte to granulosa cells that regulate their proliferation but also metabolites from the granulosa cells to the oocyte for biosynthesis. However, the underlying mechanism of establishing this communication is largely unknown...
January 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072817/drosophila-clock-is-required-in-brain-pacemaker-neurons-to-prevent-premature-locomotor-aging-independently-of-its-circadian-function
#19
Alexandra Vaccaro, Abdul-Raouf Issa, Laurent Seugnet, Serge Birman, André Klarsfeld
Circadian clocks control many self-sustained rhythms in physiology and behavior with approximately 24-hour periodicity. In many organisms, oxidative stress and aging negatively impact the circadian system and sleep. Conversely, loss of the clock decreases resistance to oxidative stress, and may reduce lifespan and speed up brain aging and neurodegeneration. Here we examined the effects of clock disruptions on locomotor aging and longevity in Drosophila. We found that lifespan was similarly reduced in three arrhythmic mutants (ClkAR, cyc0 and tim0) and in wild-type flies under constant light, which stops the clock...
January 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068429/functional-requirements-for-heparan-sulfate-biosynthesis-in-morphogenesis-and-nervous-system-development-in-c-elegans
#20
Cassandra R Blanchette, Andrea Thackeray, Paola N Perrat, Siegfried Hekimi, Claire Y Bénard
The regulation of cell migration is essential to animal development and physiology. Heparan sulfate proteoglycans shape the interactions of morphogens and guidance cues with their respective receptors to elicit appropriate cellular responses. Heparan sulfate proteoglycans consist of a protein core with attached heparan sulfate glycosaminoglycan chains, which are synthesized by glycosyltransferases of the exostosin (EXT) family. Abnormal HS chain synthesis results in pleiotropic consequences, including abnormal development and tumor formation...
January 2017: PLoS Genetics
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